Roosevelt land use academy meeting December 10

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The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association (RNA) is hosting, and RBCA is co-facilitating, a community-driven workshop to discuss the City of Seattle’s Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda (HALA).  The Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Calvary Christian Church at 6801 Roosevelt Way.  The meeting will primarily on proposed land use changes within and around the Roosevelt Urban Village, which includes a portion of the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood east of 15th Avenue NE. In addition, the meeting will address other aspects of HALA that address housing affordability in both neighborhoods.  

Goals for the meeting are to:

·       Bring members of the Roosevelt and Ravenna-Bryant neighborhoods together to develop awareness of the City of Seattle HALA Report.

·       Provide an opportunity for these neighbors to provide feedback on issues that are important in the Roosevelt and Ravenna-Bryant neighborhoods regarding HALA & potential zoning changes and solicit constructive ideas from the community.  

For more information, go to http://rooseveltseattle.org/committees/landuse/lua 

RBCA board meets December 6

All are welcome to participate in the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association’s monthly board meetings. The next one will take place:

Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center

AGENDA

Welcome & Introductions

Board Reports

  • Secretary’s Report: Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • President’s Report
  • Land Use Committee Report
  • Transportation Committee Report
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee Report

E-vote re: NEDC bylaws

Proposed RBCA bylaws change re: community engagement

Perkins School project

U-Village expansion

King County Wastewater project

Reports from Associated Community Groups

  • Children’s Hospital Standing Advisory Committee
  • City University Community Advisory Committee
  • North Precinct Advisory Council
  • Northeast District Council
  • Ravenna-Eckstein Advisory Council

Announcements

Remembering Pearl Harbor Day December 4

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Sunday, December 4

1-3:00 p.m.

Sand Point Community Church

4710 NE 70th Street

The Friends of Sand Point Magnuson Park Historic District invite community members to hear remembrances from six elders, three women and three men, about Pearl Harbor Day and its impact on their lives. Four are local community members: Marie Cribley-Horsley who was at Pearl Harbor; JW Roundhill and Jerry Sheller who were in WWII; and Mary Johnson who was a UW student at the time.

12:00 p.m.: Flag changing ceremony at the flag pole inside the main entry of Magnuson Park

12:30 p.m.: Cookies and coffee at Sand Point Methodist Church

1-3:00 p.m.: Oral History Project in Perry Hall.

Free and open to the public.

Discuss proposed Urban Village zoning changes December 13

The Department of Neighborhoods will host a conversation about proposed zoning changes to NE Seattle neighborhoods related to the Mayor’s Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda (HALA) and the implementation of the recently-adopted Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. Maps of the Fremont, Green Lake – Roosevelt, Lake City, Northgate, Upper Queen Anne, and Wallingford Urban Villages will be shared.

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Proposed Green Lake-Roosevelt Urban Village MHA-related zoning changes will be discussed during the December 13 meeting. Citywide maps are available on the HALA website.

NE Community Meeting: Affordable Housing Neighborhood Map + Other City Services

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

6-8:00 p.m.

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center

6535 Ravenna Ave NE

SR 520 Bridge Replacement Project meeting December 7

A message from the State Route 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project:

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Conceptual image of a bicycle-pedestrian land bridge over SR 520. Image courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation.

We would like to invite you to join the next West Approach Bridge North (WABN) monthly public meeting on December 7. Along with updates about current and upcoming WABN construction activities, we will also provide a presentation and opportunity to learn more about the next phase of SR 520 construction, known as the Montlake Phase. This phase is scheduled to begin in 2018 and includes the Montlake lid and land bridge.

Meeting details:

  • Date: Wednesday, December 7
  • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E

Remembering victims of traffic violence in Seattle, Ravenna-Bryant

World Day of Remembrance is a UN-affiliated world-wide event to commemorate victims of traffic violence. In Seattle, there are two opportunities to participate.

day-of-remembrance-2016Memorial Gathering at City Hall

Thursday, November 17 at noon

City Hall lobby, 5th & Cherry

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw will host the event as 240 silhouettes are distributed representing people who died on Seattle streets in traffic over the past 10 years and highlight the need for safe streets.

Ravenna-Bryant/Roosevelt

Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m.

Meet at Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE

We will gather and distribute silhouettes representing people who died in traffic-related incidents in our neighborhood over the past ten years. The silhouettes will be put up around the community.

Upcoming events about local land use changes

U-District Livability Open House

Hosted by Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office

Saturday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE

May different City departments and agencies will be in attendance to share information about projects in the neighborhood and details about upcoming land use changes.

 

Roosevelt Neighborhood Association Land Use Academy

Saturday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

6801 Roosevelt Way NE, lower floor gym

Purpose:

  • Bring members of the Roosevelt neighborhood together to develop awareness of the City of Seattle HALA report.
  • Provide an opportunity for these neighbors to provide feedback on issues that are important in the Roosevelt Neighborhood.
  • Collect and respond to questions from community members.

For more information and to register, contact the RNA land use chair at landuse@rooseveltseattle.org.

Re-Imagining NE 85th Street project seeks volunteers

Earlier this year, neighbors in the area surrounding NE 85th Street between 21st Avenue NE and Ravenna Avenue NE engaged in a major cleanup effort in the area. The work included clean-up of trash, greenway overgrowth, and illegal dumping. Neighbors also began initial restoration of the wetlands on the east end of the street. With vouchers from the City of Seattle, neighbors removed over 15 tons of brush and debris and over 1 ton of illegal dumping.

 

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NE 85th Street during the clean-up.

 

Neighbors submitted a Neighborhood Street Fund proposal, called Re-Imagining NE 85th Street, that ranked in the top 5 among proposed NE Seattle projects. Though the proposal was not funded, neighbors are now in the process of obtaining permits from the Seattle Department of Transportation to implement part of the project to restore the native habitat along a planting strip on the south side of the street. The goal is to create a visually appealing and vibrant landscape.

The project includes planting low-growing native shrubs and other native perennial plants within the city right of way. Members of the Seattle Green Partnership have volunteered their time for the conceptual design and a local non-profit is donating 200 native plants.

Organizers are now looking for volunteers.

  • Volunteer with clearing and planting. Several work days will be planned in December and January, pending permits by SDOT.
  • Volunteer to support ongoing stewardship. During the first year, new plants will require some attention to become well-established and volunteers will continue removal of invasive plants.
  • Participate in fund-raising. Minor expenses are expected for permitting and additional plants.

Interested in learning more? Contact Ana at 206-527-2452.

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NE 85th Street after the clean-up.

 

RBCA board meeting Tuesday, November 1

RBCA board meetings are open to everyone. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, November 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.

AGENDA

Welcome & Introductions

Board Reports

  • Secretary’s Report: Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Land Use Committee Report
  • Transportation Committee Report
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee Report

E-vote re: homeless encampment ordinance letter

E-vote re: Green Lake-Roosevelt urban village workshop notice

Green Lake-Roosevelt urban village workshop de-briefing

University of Washington Seattle Campus Master Plan

Project at former Perkins School site

Reports from Associated Community Groups

  • Children’s Hospital Standing Advisory Committee
  • Northeast District Council
  • North Precinct Advisory Council
  • City University Community Advisory Committee
  • Ravenna-Eckstein Advisory Council

Announcements

Take the 2016 public safety survey by November 30

Seattle University is administering the citywide 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.

The survey is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org until November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today. If you would like to work with a Seattle University researcher to setup outreach and assist in the facilitation of the survey to your communities or organizations, or you would like more information about the survey, please contact Jessica Chandler at Jessica.Chander@seattle.gov.

Clean out your medicine cabinet & safely dispose of unwanted drugs on Saturday

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This weekend, the Seattle Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are hosting the 12th semi-annual event to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted drugs.

This Saturday, October 22nd, the city’s five precincts will serve as drop-off locations between 10 AM and 2 PM for any unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—more than 3,200 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Upcoming SDOT & UW open houses provide neighbors with chance to learn about upcoming projects

Seattle Department of Transportation Open House

Project: 2018 NE Seattle Paving Project & Banner Way NE/NE 75th Street Safety Project

Monday, October 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Roosevelt High School cafeteria

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Seattle Department of Transportation’s 2018 paving and safety projects in NE Seattle. Map courtesy of SDOT.

University of Washington Seattle Campus Master Plan Open House

Project: The draft 2018 Seattle Campus Master Plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

UW Tower Auditorium

A 45-day comment period ends November 21. If you’d like to comment, please send comments to cmpinfo@uw.edu or jblakesl@uw.edu. Comments may also be mailed to: Julie Blakeslee, Environmental and Land Use Planner, Capital Planning & Development, Box 352205, Seattle, WA 98195-2205.

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University of Washington draft Seattle Campus Master Plan’s vision for east campus. East campus includes parking lots north of Husky Stadium and student housing north of University Village. Image courtesy of UW Seattle Master Plan website.

In approving the master plan, our city council has a quasi-judicial role such that they are not to talk about the plan or the EIS. If they do enter into a conversation with the public, they may be required to recuse themselves from the proceedings. It is strongly advised you do not go to the city council with questions or comments but comment using the information provided above. Be specific in your comments citing the page, document, and section to which your comments pertain.

Ask councilmembers to include NE 65th Street safety study in 2017 budget

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Photo courtesy of Seattle City Council #Fix65th Flickr album.

If you follow RBCA on Twitter, this week you’ve seen short videos of people crossing NE 65th Street that make you wonder how more of our neighbors haven’t been injured or killed along this busy arterial road. The videos bolster RBCA’s focus on advocating for a safer NE 65th Street for pedestrians, bikers, and motorists.

Do you want NE 65th Street to be a safer road for all? Here’s a chance to have your voice heard. 

Right now, the Seattle City Council is discussing what programs to fund at the Department of Transportation. Your voice and your story will make a difference and help get a safety study funded in the 2017 budget. You can help by:

Showing up to Council chambers in City Hall (600 4th Ave) on Monday, October 10 at 2:30 p.m. to speak for a minute or two about why 65th needs to be fixed. Let us know if you can make it to speak!

Send an email to the whole Council at Council@Seattle.gov. A personal note is best.

In person or by email, let the Council know:

  • How you currently use NE 65th Street and if you would walk or bike on it more if it were safer.
  • What you see as the biggest safety problem on NE 65th.
  • If you’ve ever seen or experienced a crash or near-miss. These stories at especially impactful.
  • The Council can make a difference by funding a study to fix NE 65th in the 2017 budget.

RBCA board meets Tuesday, October 4

RBCA board meetings are open to everyone. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, October 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.

AGENDA

Welcome & Introductions

Board Reports

King County wastewater project

Mayor’s plan for outreach & engagement

RBCA community engagement

Community centers strategic plan

Homeless ordinance

ST3 – Sound Transit Proposition 1

Reports from Associated Community Groups

  • Ravenna-Eckstein Advisory Council
  • Northeast District Council
  • North Precinct Advisory Council
  • City University Community Advisory Committee
  • Children’s Hospital Community Advisory Committee

Announcements

Streets can be safer by design

The need to make NE 65th Street safer is evident. Over the past three years, at least 70 people have been injured enough to be sent to the hospital. One person died. Just within the last few weeks, the Seattle Police Department has reported collisions on NE 65th Street. Pedestrian safety problems on NE 65th Street were the most commonly expressed concerns in a recent RBCA survey. In June, more than 60 neighbors participated in a Fix 65th Street walk to highlight concerns and call on the City to make the road safer for all. And this is all before the Roosevelt light rail station opens on NE 65th Street to which many of our neighbors will walk and bike.

Increasing awareness of the law and educating neighbors about road safety is part of RBCA’s recently-adopted mobility safety action plan. Openly discussing the community norm that stopping for pedestrians is just what Ravenna-Bryant neighbors do, can be an important step to increasing safety. However, to most effectively create change, other activities need to happen in conjunction with awareness campaigns.

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During community meetings about NE 75th Street, neighbors discussed the dangers of crossing four-lane roads. Image courtesy of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

When RBCA was assessing mobility safety problems in our neighborhood, we also looked at road designs that have proven to increase safety. While we found a lot of information from government agencies and transportation-related organizations, some of the most readily accessible information came from the AARP Livable Communities initiative. The goal of the Livable Communities campaign is to help communities become safer, healthier, more walkable, and more livable for all people.

One of their recommendations for creating a more livable community is to calm traffic. In a recent RBCA survey, motor vehicle speeds on arterial roads was a top mobility-related complaint. Decreasing the speed at which motorists travel contributes to increased safety for pedestrians, bikers, and motorists.  “Traffic calming is a system of design and management strategies that include narrow roads, modern roundabouts, chicanes (intentionally added turns in the road), median islands, speed bumps, diverters, speed tables and other engineering tools or interventions,” according to a Livable Communities fact sheet. “Another benefit of traffic calming is that it can give a street a transformative sense of place, thus boosting social interactions, housing and retail businesses.”

Some of the traffic calming designs, like chicanes and diverters, may not be appropriate for busy arterial roads like NE 65th Street in the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood. However, several of the design elements recommended by the AARP’s initiative could be.

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Example of a median island. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Median islands are raised areas in the center of a street that provide refuge for pedestrians. They provide a safe place to stop when crossing a busy street and calm traffic. If wide enough, islands can include trees.

Speed tables and speed bumps raise a section of the road, reducing vehicle speeds. The speed table where the Burke-Gilman Trail crosses 30th Avenue NE is an example of how they can provide a mid-street crossing in conjunction with curb bulbs.

Recent traffic calming changes focusing on narrowing roads without median islands in Seattle have proven successful in increasing safety for all who use them. Closest to home is the redesign of NE 75th Street. Traffic calming elements that were implemented include marked travel lanes, a center turn lane, and painted bike lanes. Single lanes of motor vehicle traffic in each direction with a center turn lane calm traffic while also allowing motorists to not be impeded by people turning left.

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NE 75th Street. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

After the NE 75th Street project was complete:

  • Collisions reduced by 45%;
  • Speeds reduced by 9%;
  • Traffic volumes increased 3%;
  • Travel times did not change.

Similar results have been seen on Stone Way N between N 34th and N 50th Streets and NE 125th Street.

While curb bulbs are not specifically listed in the Livable Communities information about safe streets, they extend the sidewalk to shorten the street crossing distance for pedestrians. The corner of 40th Avenue NE and NE 50th Street includes curb bulbs.

We know what works for developing safe environments for pedestrians, bikers, and motorists. As neighbors, we can come together and combine awareness and education activities with changes to street design and create a safe, livable community.

SR 520 construction update meeting October 5

From the Washington State Department of Transportation:

We would like to invite you to join the next West Approach Bridge North (WABN) monthly public meeting on October 5. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation and opportunity to learn more about the next phase of SR 520 construction, known as the Montlake Phase. The Montlake Phase, which is scheduled to begin in 2018, includes the West Approach Bridge South (WABS) and Montlake lid and land bridge.

The project team plans to provide a short PowerPoint presentation with key project updates. Meeting attendees will also be able to share their thoughts and ask questions regarding this next phase of SR 520 construction in Seattle.

Key topics we plan to cover include:

  1. SR 520 Program and Rest of the West project overview
  2. Timeline and next steps for the Montlake Phase of construction
  3. Recent and upcoming public involvement opportunities
  4. Look-ahead to plans to manage construction impacts, traffic, and trees and vegetation near the SR 520 corridor related to the Montlake Phase
  5. Overview of other resources available to stay informed, such as a Q&A document, project website, and other tools

Meeting details:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 5
  • Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (the presentation begins at 6 p.m.)
  • Location: Graham Visitors Center
  • Address: 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112

Did you know: Not all crosswalks are marked

How many crosswalks are there on NE 65th Street between (and including) 15th Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE? Would you think this is a trick question if the answer is more than 50?

Every intersection is a crosswalk. Considering there are usually two corners on one side of an intersection, and considering there are 27 streets that intersect with NE 65th Street in Ravenna-Bryant, there are more than 50 crosswalks along this busy arterial road. This doesn’t include the many streets between 25th and 40th that don’t match up on the north and south sides, each with their own set of crosswalks.

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Motorists must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks according to state law. Yielding the right of way means “stop”.

One of the most common complaints made by Ravenna-Bryant community members in a recent survey is that motorists do not yield to pedestrians on all of our arterial roads. This is a particular problem on NE 65th Street because so many of our children who walk alone to school are crossing it to get to and from Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School.

Seattle law states, “The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within a crosswalk unmarked or marked when the pedestrian is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning.”

As part of our mobility safety action plan, RBCA will be conducting activities to remind neighbors about the law. RBCA encourages others in our community to share information about the law and think about it when driving in the neighborhood. Ravenna and Bryant are considered “very walkable” neighborhoods where “most errands may be accomplished on foot.” The neighborhood is a safe place to live and a great place for kids to grow up. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure it stays that way.

Neighborhood Street Fund projects in Ravenna-Bryant

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) pays for transportation-related projects proposed and prioritized by neighborhoods. Two of the top five NE Seattle NSF project proposals this year are in Ravenna-Bryant.

Re-imagining NE 85th Street: In this section of NE 85th Street, part of the road is in Ravenna-Bryant and part of it is in Wedgwood. This year, neighbors came together to make improvements to this busy section of the street that connects Ravenna Avenue and 20th Avenue NE and doesn’t include sidewalks. Their NSF proposal is for adding sidewalks and planting strips for storm water management.

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Seattle Department of Transportation’s drawing of the proposed project on NE 85th Street.

Sidewalks on NE 50th Street: For more than three years, RBCA board members have been working to get sidewalks installed on NE 50th Street between 30th and 35th Avenues NE, immediately south of Cavalry Cemetery. The NSF proposal is also for sidewalks and a planting strip. Thanks to ongoing advocacy by RBCA, University Village paid mitigation fees to SDOT and requested that the money be used to build the sidewalk. The funds could pay for a portion of the project.

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Seattle Department of Transportation’s drawing of the proposed project on NE 50th Street.

Projects from around the city may be viewed online. Other projects in NE Seattle are:

Safe I-5 Crossing at NE 70th Street

U-District Alley Activation

Weedin Place Project

Later this fall, SDOT will make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council about which projects should be funded. Generally, 10-12 projects are funded citywide per three-year cycle.

Regardless of the outcome, RBCA will continue to advocate for sidewalks on NE 50th Street and support further plans for sidewalks on NE 85th Street. Sidewalks are essential infrastructure for creating neighborhoods that are safe for everyone. Interested in advocating for either of these projects? Leave a message through the Contact Us page.

Take the SDOT survey about paving projects in our neighborhood

UPDATE: The survey response date has been extended to Sunday, September 18!

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is seeking input about their two upcoming paving projects in NE Seattle on 15th Avenue NE and 35th Avenue NE. Paving projects create opportunities to improve street safety. Take SDOT’s online survey by Wednesday, September 14  Sunday, September 18 and share your thoughts about getting around Ravenna-Bryant. Your input will contribute to the final designs for the projects.

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SDOT’s 2018 Paving Project includes two major arterial road in Ravenna-Bryant: 15th Avenue NE and 35th Avenue NE. Map courtesy of SDOT.